Josh Barro

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Joshua A. "Josh" Barro is an American opinion journalist who identifies as neoliberal[1] and Republican.[2] He is currently a domestic correspondent for The New York Times[3] writing for its new venture "The Upshot" which focuses on politics and public policy.[4]

He has previously worked as a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research,[5] as a real estate banker for Wells Fargo,[6] as the lead writer for the Ticker, an economics and politics blog hosted by Bloomberg L.P., and as the politics editor at Business Insider.[7] He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Harvard.

He appears regularly on Bloomberg Television and has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO[8] and on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. In early 2013, he was a prominent supporter of a potential trillion dollar coin,[9] although by late 2013 he had changed his mind.[10] Time named Barro's Twitter feed one of "The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013," one of ten in the Politics category.[11] In 2012, Forbes selected him as one of the "30 Under 30" media "brightest stars under the age of 30,"[5] and David Brooks listed him as part of the "vibrant and increasingly influential center-right conversation."[12] A former aide of Barack Obama included Barro on a short list of President Obama's favorite columnists.[13]

Barro describes himself as Republican, but has expressed opposition to many policies of the current Republican Party.[14] He has written that elites "are usually elite for good reason, and have better judgment than the average person."[15] He has been described by others as conservative, liberal, and libertarian.[16][17]

Barro lives in Queens, New York. He is gay and has written in support of same-sex marriage.[18] Barro is also an atheist. His father is macroeconomist Robert Barro.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Sullivan, Andrew. "Ask Josh Barro Anything: The Recent Evolution Of Conservatism". The Dish. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Barro, Josh (February 20, 2013). "Why We Need Republicans". Bloomberg. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Byers, Dylan (February 24, 2014). "Josh Barro to join The New York Times". Politico. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ Barro, Josh. "Josh Barro bio". The New York Times. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Caroline Howard and Michael Noer (eds) (December 17, 2012). "30 Under 30 - Media". Forbes. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Barro, Josh. "Josh Barro bio". Bloomberg. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ Byers, Dylan (May 29, 2013). "Josh Barro to Business Insider". Politico. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ Feldman, Josh (February 9, 2013). "Bill Maher And Panel Take On Drones: Obama's A 'Swell Guy,' But He's Basically Just Like Bush". Mediaite. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ O'Brien, Matthew (January 8, 2013). "Everything You Need to Know About the Crazy Plan to Save the Economy With a Trillion-Dollar Coin". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ Josh Barro (August 27, 2013). "Republicans Are Full Of It, And There's No Threat Over The Debt Ceiling". Business Insider. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Sorensen, Adam (March 25, 2013). "The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013". Time. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ Brooks, David (November 19, 2012). "The Conservative Future". New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ McMorris-Santoro, Evan (October 28, 2013). "Here Are Obama’s Favorite Columnists". Buzzfeed. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  14. ^ Salam, Reihan (November 21, 2012). "Josh Barro on Why Republicans Resist the Reformist Project". National Review Online. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
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  16. ^ Leonard, Andrew (March 26, 2013). "Don't you dare delete Josh Barro, Wikipedia!". Salon. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ Chait, Jonathan (June 2013). "Josh Barro, the Loneliest Republican". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  18. ^ Barro, Josh. "Will Portman and the Duty to Come Out". Bloomberg View. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 

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